Mansal Denton: Nootropics

On our latest episode we spoke with Mansal Denton, the founder of Hyperion, about his company and the cognitive enhancers that they produce.  His goal is transparency with the supplements that he produces, which can be a big issue within the supplement industry.  Many supplement companies don't disclose their product formulas and can do so legally, under laws that protect the supplement industry from regulations.  The fact that a company is founded on transparency such as Hyperion is refreshing.  But anyways... Mansal discussed how he has been working in nootropics since he was in college and that mental strength is a big part of life.  As people we can't grow if we are stifled in one aspect of life.  This is not to say that everybody needs a nootropi or cognitive enhancer but with high levels of stress or small amounts of sleep you may find that they are helpful(again these are personal decisions).  I have personally found that keeping up with training sessions, trouble sleeping and other life events can leave my mind strained or spread thin just due to managing multiple aspects of life.  When the mind is weakened or tired it becomes difficult to perform at your best in other realms of life; such as the physical or spiritual, etc.  The products from Hyperion have helped keep my mind sharp with minimal dosages and earth grown ingredients(again looking back at those alternative medicines).  Mansal also hinted that the Cocotropic drink mix can help to ward off brain trauma for athletes, which is good for fighters or other combat sport athletes.  You can check out Mansal's products and mission at Hyperion and pick up some sweet nootropics while you're at it!  Check out the episode when it launches and subscribe to our website for all of the great updates on Fighters Drinking Coffee!

Fending Off the "Winter Blues"

With the onset of the winter months just over the horizon I have been dreading the thought of enduring bitter cold days on my way to 05:45 am workouts.  Like most people, the thought of staying in a warm bed for an extra hour(or two or three) seems very appealing.  However, staying in bed, inside, and avoiding activity in the cold is not always a good thing.  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) comes in with the cold and stays in when we do, in other words, that feeling you get that you just want to be alone and inside during the winter is normally BECAUSE you are stuck inside. So how do we beat this? We let our legs swing out from under the warm covers when we don't want to. We let our bare feet hit the freezing floor and we make our way to the kitchen, drink a cold glass of water and make ourselves some coffee.  Now that we are awake it's time to keep moving, do something anything and preferably outdoors.  Even if you are outside for just a minute, it'll help you keep moving and get out. I personally like to drive to the gym with the heat off in my car and usually find that I am more energized if I do so.  The Mayo Clinic suggests light therapy for treatment, whats the best and only free source of light: the sun! So when the sun peeks its head out in these cold winter months soak up every last drop you can! It'll help your body to balance itself out and produce Vitamin D, which is found to help fight off this seasonal funk.

In short-don't let the cold get you down, make the most of the winter and get out and enjoy the outdoors even if it is in short doses.

Michael Sutherland

Opening the Mind to Alternative Medicine

The 26th installment of Fighters Drinking Coffee is a very informative one.  The innovative Mary Vance, a nutrition councilor with a specialization in holistic wellness, came on the show and discussed with us the topics of CBD oil, hormone balance, balancing out gut health and alternative medicine. In the interest of not spoiling the wealth of information she conveyed to us I will leave you with something to help you when listening to the episode: keep your mind open when it comes to your health.  As a society we tend to get caught up in quick fixes and convenience due to social conditioning (there's that term again from last week) and this has led us to accept initial diagnosis and take what may in-fact just hide our symptoms.  Now this is not to suggest that you should not seek medical care from your doctor or a physician, and you definitely should not delay when you feel there may be something wrong.  I am only suggesting that there may be additional ways that could actually be less stressful to your body and on your daily schedule.  The best way is to do your research, there are a good amount of things you may have in your spice cabinets or growing in your garden that carry benefits for your symptoms or anti-inflammatory properties.  Examples of such things are turmeric, a known anti-inflammatory, and sage, a known analgesic.  Herbs and spices have been used as medicine and treatment in many cultures prior to the onset of modern medicine.  Now the Fighters Drinking Coffee team are not doctors nor do we claim to be ones, and we do suggest visiting your medical professional if you are feeling extremely out of sorts and before trying anything crazy when it comes to your health.  These are merely suggested additions (turmeric and sage can be used safely as long as you don't have any crazy allergies) to what may be already treatment, and if you are taking medication you should ensure that any alternative treatments you may seek out do not have any adverse reactions (a large number of birth controls have adverse affects with grapefruit and root extracts).  You can find out more regarding Mary Vance on her website www.maryvancenc.com and you can find her episode when it launches on iTunes .

After Talking with Ebong Eka

Our latest episode, number 25 to be released this week, was with a very inspirational and actualized man: Ebong Eka.  He has spent his life grinding and striving for what he wants and doing what helps him feel fulfilled.  One of the major things we talked about was that of goals and dreams.  It made me think back on what brought me to this point as well as where I want to go with it.  He talked about defeating your mind and allowing your body to thrive in life rather than just survive.  Which is something that has been a prevalent teaching in my many years of athletics; your mind will hinder your bodies true potential because it knows we don't necessarily need to fight to perform our basic functions, survive, and reproduce anymore.  In my experience, separation of my mental and physical work provides the best results.  I feel stronger, I work harder and I am able to actually surpass what I may have thought my limitations are.  The mind is a powerful thing but your body can be truly unstoppable if you just allow yourself to go...challenge yourself and allow yourself to thrive.

Michael Sutherland

Host of Fighters Drinking Coffee

Check out Ebong Eka at EbongEka.com and order your copy of his book at startmeupbook.com and check out episode 25 featuring Ebong on iTunes